6 everyday heroes: Going above and beyond in the pandemic

This is a chance to highlight the efforts of military personnel throughout the pandemic who have done things beyond their required job. Click on the highlighted names to read more about their achievements:

1. Corporal Pardeep: a patio marathon

Inspired by Captain Sir Thomas Moore, Cpl Pardeep ran a marathon in her 6 metre patio to raise money for the NHS during lockdown. She managed this feat in 6 hours and 21 minutes (58,104 steps and 5,715 laps of the garden) and raised £1320 for the NHS East Ambulance Service. Her friends and family cheered her on via social media since they couldn’t be there in person.

2. Warrant Officer Scott ‘Barney’: making 10,000 masks

Warrant Officer Scott ‘Barney’ Barnett
Warrant Officer Scott ‘Barney’ Barnett

3. Major Dal: providing pharmacy and vaccines to the homeless

4. Sergeant Shiv: keeping the faith

Organised online events for faith communities, for example, Diwali and Raksha Bandhan, to maintain community and solidarity for faith groups during the pandemic. Has been in the RAF for over 34 years.

5. Surgeon Lieutenant Commander Mike: supporting LGBTQ+ charities

Despite being immunosuppressed and shielding for the duration of the pandemic, but, wanting to help, he has been volunteering for the LGBT foundation. They moved all their services online, including counselling services, mental health support, sexual health and supporting victims of domestic abuse.

6. Lt Cdr Ruth: helping Santa

Lt Cdr Ruth Fleming
Lieutenant Commander Ruth Fleming